The B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Memphis Belle’ was one of 12,750 B-17s built by Boeing. The Belle was the most famous bomber, because she was the first heavy bomber in Hitler’s European War theater to complete 25 combat missions and keep her entire crew alive. She flew for ten months, from November to May 1943. The Belle shot down eight enemy fighters, probably destroyed five others and damaged at least a dozen more. She dropped more than sixty tons of bombs over Germany, France and Belgium. During her 25 missions she flew 148 hours and covered more than 20,000 combat miles. The Memphis Belle and her crew left England for the USA on June 9, 1943 to make a War Bond and Public Relations Tour. The Memphis Belle was named for pilot Capt. Robert K. Morgan’s wartime sweetheart, Ms. Margaret Polk. The preserved Memphis Belle remains on display at Mud Island in Memphis, TN.
Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s suggested colors.
Skill Level: 2
- Painting and assembly required
- 10 sprues
- Molded in grey plastic
- One decal sheet
- Clear parts
- Highly detailed cockpit interior and bomb bay
- Fully engraved panel lines and rivet details
- Optional position landing gear door and bomb bay door
- Illustrated instructions and paint guide
A. ‘Memphis Belle’, B-17F-10-BO (s/n 41-24485), 324th BS/91st BG/8th AF, June 1943, Bassingbourn / England
B. ‘Miss Ouachita’, B-17F-20-DL (s/n 42-3040), 322nd BS/91st BG/8th AF, February 1944, Bassingbourn / England